This article is from the Scouting FAQ, by Bill Nelson firstname.lastname@example.org, Soaring Golden Eagle email@example.com and Alan Houser firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Date: 27 April 1996
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Read also the rec.scouting.* FAQ #1 which contains
Etiquette guidelines specific to the rec.scouting*
hierarchy. The following guidelines are particularly
important to remember for rec.scouting.issues.
o By the nature of this group, many discussions are of
very controversial topics. It is therefore expected that
Scouts, Guides and Scouters adhere to their organization's
oath, promise or law at all times.
To quote again from the Williamsburg Charter:
Those who claim the right to dissent should assume the
responsibility to debate.
Those who claim the right to criticize should assume the
responsibility to comprehend
Those who claim the right to influence should accept the
responsibility not to inflame
Those who claim the right to participate should accept the
responsibility to persuade
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This is NOT the group to post advertisements,
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o Please avoid posting to rec.scouting.issues and
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The postings quickly expand beyond the subject of
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Scouting policy discussions in the Scouting newsgroup,
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If you feel people in another group might be interested in a
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Interested people will come over to rec.scouting.issues
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keep a discussion going in another group by cross-posting your
views, they'll generally return the favor. Also, statements =
discussions appropriate on rec.scouting.issues may be seen as
inappropriate on other groups.
o The bottom line: Remember the subject here is Scouting Issues.
Please stay on topic, be polite, and respect other people's views
and defend their right to have an opinion. In other words,
act in a scout-like manner.